Finney Zimmerman Psychiatric Associates have been recognized as skilled and compassionate providers of of comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care in the 7 cities of Hampton Roads for the last 25 years. Patients are able to receive care in both our Hilltop location in Virginia Beach and our Kempsvile/Newtown Road locations in Norfolk. Finney Zimmerman Psychiatric Associates utilizes a team approach to the care of people across the life span: individual, family and marital therapy, testing, medication management, group therapy, court mandated treatment and evaluation and intensive outpatient management of substance abuse (IOP). We are proud of our coordinated communication and collaboration among our therapists and psychiatrists. FZPA has three senior psychiatrists who are licensed to diagnose, treat and prescribe medication, and a Women's health psychiatrist who specializes in perinatal mood (depression) and anxiety disorders. FZPA has 17 psychotherapist who diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of emotional/mental problems as well as assistance in life issues and transitions. FZPA has 2 licensed clinical psychologists who provide psychological testing to aid in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. Our care is solution focused and informed by evidence based best practices for the holistic, mind body, spiritual needs of our patients. We are credentialed by every major insurance provider: Anthem, Optima, Tricare, Value Options, Cigna, Medicare and Medicaid. Our intake process is confidential and respectful and designed to provide new patients with the clinician best suited for help and resolution of problems.
Finney Zimmerman Psychiatric Associates utilizes a team approach to the care of people across the life span: individual, family and marital therapy, testing, medication management, group therapy, court mandated treatment and evaluation and intensive outpatient management of substance abuse (IOP). There is communication and collaboration between the psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other professionals, such as group or family therapist.
Several of our clinicians have been qualified as expert witnesses by the Court system and have special expertise in working with individuals and families dealing with this system.
Finney Zimmerman Psychiatric Associates, PLC
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- C. Douglas Finney LCSW BCD
- Michele L. Zimmerman APRN CS BC
- Ken Bailey LCSW, CSAC
- Deborah W. Balak, LCSW
- Sybil V. Berkley LCSW
- Elaine Birk LCSW
- Karen Lee Buchanan LCSW
- Rebecca G. Cowan, PhD, LPC, NCC
- Brianna Jarabak Cox, LCSW
- Anna Crane PhD
- Margaret P. Fanney. LCSW
- Patricia M Fuss PsyD.
- Zoe Goranson LCSW
- Clayton C. Maguire, MS LPC LMFT CCMHC
- Linda J. Maguire, LCSW, BCD
- Michael Prince LCSW
- Belinda Sanders LCSW
- Roseann Smith LCSW
- Renee Dozoretz Strelitz, LCSW
- Mark Wehrlin Psy.D.
- Denise Gustafson, Practice Manager
C. Douglas Finney LCSW BCD
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Douglas has extensive training in solution-focused psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, clinical hypnosis and family therapy and has had extensive psychiatric mental health experience in the tidewater area since 1973.
She has also received extensive postgraduate training as a Personal Coach. A Personal Coach utilizes advanced communication and life skills to help individuals create a more fulfilling personal and professional life. Douglas has a specialty in Sports Psychology and especially enjoys working with adult, adolescent and child athletes and who are interested in reaching their potential for peak performance. She has worked with numerous individual athletes as well as teams from local universities, high schools, sports academies and youth leagues. These techniques also are very effective with musicians, singers and other performers.
Additional specialty areas include anxiety, depression, stress management, separation and divorce, relationship issues and parent child conflict. Douglas is often called upon to make presentations for local organizations She combines story telling with a sense of humor in her professional presentations.
Ms. Finneyís educational background includes an MSW from Norfolk State University and a BS from Old Dominion University. She did postgraduate work at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington. She has been active in the community on advisory committees, professional associations and is a member of Alpha Delta Mu, the National Honor Society of Social Workers.
Michele L. Zimmerman APRN CS BC
is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric nursing. She has over thirty five years experience in mental health and has completed two years of post graduate training in family therapy. Michele has considerable experience in treating adults, children, and adolescents with a variety of issues, including trauma, depression, ADHD, alcohol, and anxiety disorders. She treats singles and couples with relationship issues in a short term, solution focused model. Michele works with families experiencing the disruption of separation and divorce and helps reunify alienated children and parents. She has been qualified as an expert witness in child psychopathology and child therapy, family relations, Parental Alienation Syndrome, and related areas. She has published in the areas of addictions, child psychopathology, child sexual abuse, stress management, eating disorders and trauma and frequently presents at mental health conferences Her more recent clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry.
She has particular skills in working with adults with mood disorders, including bipolar disorders. She has served in leadership positions in a variety of professional associations, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and received the Award for Excellence from Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Chi Chapter, National Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of the Marce Society. Michele did her undergraduate and graduate work at New York University. She is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatric Nursing at Old Dominion University.
Michele volunteers with animal rescue, civic organizations, enjoys art and reading and works in clay as a sculptor.
Deborah W. Balak, LCSW
Debbie Balak has spent her professional career in the field of social work in public and private non-profit agencies, and for the past 20 years, in private practice. Her undergraduate degree is in Social Work from East Carolina University, and her Masters of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. Debbie has advanced training in family systems theory, counseling children, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Her family systems approach to the treatment of adults, adolescents, and children addresses the functioning of relationships within the family as an alternative to placing blame. She focuses on building strengths, finding solutions, and developing healthier responses to resolve problems such as depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and trauma.
Debbie earned the Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor credential as a result of specialized training and experience in play therapy. Play therapy is an integral part of Debbie's approach to the treatment of children because play is "the language of children." By establishing a positive relationship with the child, she is able to help resolve childhood problems or modify behaviors (ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, grief, parental separation). She especially enjoys facilitating improved parent-child relationships and effective parenting. Debbie is active in providing education for both lay and professional groups.
Volunteer work in the community includes Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Response, and mentoring of youth and pre-marital couples.
Elaine Birk LCSW
Elaine Birk has been in practice in Virginia Beach for more than 20 years. She is well known for her competent, caring, warm and nurturing approach coupled with an evidence based approach to diagnosis and treatment planning.She is a skilled clinician with particular expertise in women's issues, including women in recovery. She treats ages 12 to senior citizens, and her modalities include invidual, family, couples and group. Elaine did her graduate work at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Brianna Jarabak Cox, LCSW
Brianna Jarabak Cox is a licensed clinical social worker with over 14 years experience counseling adults, adolescents, children and families in many different settings, including the private and public sectors. By using a solution-focused, strengths-based approach, Brianna offers tremendous insight into her clients to manage crises, anxiety, grief, depression, parenting concerns, intimacy issues, and acceptance of life changes. She has considerable experience working with persons recovering from substance abuse, serious mental illness, and children/adolescents with emotional disturbances. She has also worked with military personnel and their dependents and understands the unique challenges faced by military families. Brianna received her master's degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Rebecca G. Cowan, PhD, LPC, NCC
Dr. Cowan received her Masterís in Counseling from Regent University and her PhD in Counseling from Old Dominion University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Cowan has experience working in residential, inpatient, integrated care, and private practice settings with children, adults, and families on a variety of issues. Specifically, Dr. Cowan is skilled in working with those experiencing interpersonal violence, children who have experienced trauma, and children and adolescents with oppositional defiant/conduct disorder. She also has special interest in geriatrics. Dr. Cowan utilizes cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy in order to identify client goals and encourage change. She has presented nationally on counselor ethics, encouraging healthy relationships among adolescents, and interdisciplinary care. Dr. Cowan has published on a variety of topics including adolescent substance abuse, prevention of elder abuse, and self-injury.
Patricia M Fuss PsyD.
Dr. Fuss is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children (age 3 and older), adolescents and adults. She has specialized training in working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and has over 15 years experience working with this population in various capacities. Dr. Fuss also has significant experience in working with adults dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, problems with self-esteem and various other concerns. Additionally, she is skilled in providing psychological testing for children 5 and up, adolescents and adults.
Margaret P. Fanney. LCSW
Margaret P. Fanney. LCSW, known as Peggy, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from the College of William and Mary and her MSW from Norfolk State University. She has a love for working with people of all ages for growth and change. Her professional life has included being an elementary school teacher; reading specialist; preschool teacher, coordinator for conferences; and workshop designer and facilitator in communication skills, group skills, teambuilding, discernment, conflict management, personal growth, and stress management for numerous organizations. Peggy worked for eight years at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters as a medical and mental health social worker.
In private practice as a psychotherapist she finds that her wealth of experience and training affords her an ability to tune in to people in diverse situations and use her creativity to help them move past barriers. Peggy has extensive training in play therapy, family therapy and modalities that assist with decreasing anxiety and stress. This informs her work with children who are anxious, angry or depressed due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities, trauma, abuse, attachment disruptions, school/social issues, acute or chronic illness, parental separation, divorce, and grief/loss. Treatment of adolescents includes a focus on wise decision-making, learning from mistakes, school stress and grades, and transition to adulthood. For the past two years Peggy has facilitated an adolescent girl's group. Peggy is trained in family systems, and is effective in helping people with communication, conflict and anger management, problem solving, parenting, military family issues, and couple's relationships. In addition, she is skilled in working with adults focused on resolving past hurts, improving present functioning, and planning change for the future.
Zoe Goranson LCSW
Zoe has been in clinical practice as a licensed clinical social worker for many years in Virginia Beach. She graduated from Norfolk Academy, Valparaiso University and received her MSW from Norfolk State University. Zoe is a skilled and intuitive therapist who works with young children, adolescents, adults and families with a wide range of presenting problems. She has an interest in integrating horticultural and art therapy into the clinical setting and enjoys boating.
Linda J. Maguire, LCSW, BCD
Linda Maguire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate with over 30 years of experience providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University and completed a post-graduate externship in family therapy at the Family Therapy Practice Center of Washington, D.C. She attended a videotape family therapy supervision group for six years. She also participated in a 54 hour case consultation project for the treatment of child sexual abuse and has served on the Board of Directors of RESPONSE Sexual Assault Support Services. She has extensive training in Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
Linda sees clients ages 2 to 65 and treats a wide range of problems. She has a special interest in women's issues, including perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, adults molested as children, and relationship concerns. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in evaluating and treating ADHD and behavior disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She focuses on competency and strength building in providing treatment for anxiety, depression, panic disorders, parent-child conflict and separation and divorce. In her leisure time, Linda enjoys traveling, the Arts, hiking and gardening.
Clayton C. Maguire, MS LPC LMFT CCMHC
Clayton "Clay" Maguire has been providing counseling and psychotherapy services in Hampton Roads for over 35 years. Mr. Maguire is dually Licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He obtained his master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1973 and holds national certifications as both a Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Mr. Maguire enjoys challenging problems in children (as young as 2) through adults. He specializes in helping his clients change feelings, such as Depression, Anxiety or Fear, Jealousy, and Anger. Mr. Maguire provides group therapy for anxiety.
Mr. Maguire's therapeutic orientation is cognitive-behavior therapy with individuals and systemic/strategic family therapy when working with couples and families. A technique that often interests clients is Mr. Maguire's long-standing practice of hypnotherapy.
Mr. Maguire is a "counselor's counselor", having founded the local chapter of the state's clinical counseling association, a past president of Virginia's clinical counselor's, and was named Clinical Counselor of the Year.
Clay enjoys hiking, gardening and travel.
Michael Prince LCSW
Michael is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families in a solution focused model. He has a specialty in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and working with first responders. Michael is very effective with high conflict families, and leads the Adolescent Anger Management Group. Michael provides parent management strategies for families and children experienceing disruptive behavior disorders, such as ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. He has been qualified as an expert in mental health issues in several jurisdictions.
Mr. Prince has developed a new group for school age children to assist them with Social Skills. This is helpful for children with a diagnosis of ADHD, PDD, or who have had difficulties with others. Mr. Prince enjoys multiple outdoor activities: biking, kayaking, hiking, camping and likes to travel.
Belinda Sanders LCSW
Belinda Sanders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty-five years of psychotherapeutic clinical experience in both the public and private sectors. She brings with her a history of working with families, couples, young adults and individuals. Her areas of focus include helping patients and their families who are experiencing chronic illness, significant health changes, bereavement, and substance abuse. Belinda is skilled with the psychotherapeutic treatment of mood disorders, particularly depression. She also helps those families who have been affected by rising stressors associated with aging family members. Belinda provides care and guidance to those active duty military and their dependents faced with the adjustments of prolonged deployments. Her competencies lie in drawing upon the strengths of her clients as she assists them in identifying, assessing and addressing these concerns in a healing manner.
Mrs. Sanders obtained her undergraduate degree from Radford University and her graduate degree in clinical social work from Norfolk State University. She has been active on the local and state levels in the National Association of Social Work. Currently she serves as a member of the CPE Professional Advisory Committee and as a Board member for the Dwelling Place, an ecumenical shelter for families.
Karen Lee Buchanan LCSW
Karen Lee Buchanan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years' experience treating adults, couples, and families, using cognitive behavioral techniques and solution-focused psychotherapy. From the early days of clinical pastoral counseling, she went on to gain extensive training as well working with the severely mentally ill in local inpatient and day-hospital psychiatric settings. Group process, marital/family sessions, and individual assessments were the interventions. Karen also gained knowledge and improved skills with patients and families dealing with substance abuse/recovery issues, both in day-hospital and in private practice.
Karen's areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, stress management, relationship difficulties, and substance abuse/recovery needs. She focuses on her clients' personal strengths and problem-solving abilities and helps to build insight through self-awareness and improved communication skills. Karen challenges with respect and humor, and engages her clients well. She enjoys group work where her clients can gain a sense of security and hope from education and the support of others. Karen was raised in a military family which gave her an early sense of the diversity as well as the common ground of the human situation, and a broader appreciation for people's unique needs. She cares deeply about her family, her friends, and her clients which is evident in her practice. Karen's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in psychology from Old Dominion University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University. She remains active in her church, her garden, and interior decorating. Her continuing education and networking give her clients the benefits of the latest treatments of mental health concerns.
Roseann Smith LCSW
Roseann Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 13 years experience in the mental health field who has recently joined FZPA. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and German from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MSW from Norfolk State University. Rose has presented both nationally and locally on the effects of perceived family support on positive treatment outcomes, post partum depression and the process of mental health evaluation.
Ms. Smith has extensive training in trauma therapy with survivors and crisis intervention. Her focus in chemical dependency and dual diagnosis has prepared her to assume management of the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. Rose brings warmth, intelligence, integrity and excellent clinical skills to her practice. She is a well rounded, family centered professional who enjoys swimming, skiing, scrapbooking and travel.
Mark Wehrlin Psy.D.
is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. He specializes in psychological assessment, sexual abuse treatment, play therapy, and behavioral disorders including ADHD. Mark has extensive skills in psychological testing and working with educational issues.
Roberto Luna MD
is a Board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with many years of experience here in Southeastern Virginia evaluating and treating children with the spectrum of child and adolescent disorders. He has returned to private practice after working in the residential treatment facilities for many years. Dr. Luna also speaks Spanish.
Frank A. Roberto MD
Dr. Roberto is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent as well as General Psychiatrist. He has been in practice in the Tidewater area since 1981. Dr. Roberto treats all ages, from childhood to old age. He has particular expertise in working with mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and eating disorders. . Dr. Roberto views the individual in relation to family dynamics He utilizes psychopharmacological interventions in conjunction with a team approach to treatment. Dr. Roberto received his psychiatric training, including residency and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. He also completed an internship in pediatrics at Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been on faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is currently Medical Director of Pediatric Psychiatry at the Childrenís Hospital of the Kings Daughters.
Christine Truman MD
Dr. Truman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in reproductive psychiatry. She has clinical and research experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, including bipolar disorder, major depression, and disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She was previously a psychiatrist at the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board where she was the staff psychiatrist for the Southeastern Family Project residential program for substance addicted expectant and postpartum mothers.
Dr. Truman attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her internship at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital and her psychiatric residency at the New-York Presbyterian Hospital of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Beginning with the Payne Whitney Women’s Program during residency training, Dr. Truman has more than 8 years of clinical experience in the field women’s mental health. She is a member of the Marcé Society, Postpartum Support International and a board member of Postpartum Support Virginia. www.postpartumva.org
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Sybil V. Berkley LCSW
Sybil V. Berkley, LCSW is known for her expertise in Bowen Family Systems theory and therapy. She first met Dr. Murray Bowen, a pioneer in family therapy, when she was Director of the Department of Social Work at Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonweath University. Since marrying Waverley L. Berkley III and moving to Virginia Beach almost forty years ago this has formed the core of her teaching and practice career. She practiced for many years at Family Services of Tidewater Inc. where she was Director of "The Institute for Family Therapy and Alcohol Studies."
Whether seeing an individual, couple or family group, the extended family system is in her mind, whatever the presenting symptom. "Any system can be stressed to the point that it breaks down. We all break down in the way our system is programmed. Too much anxiety is expressed in one of three ways—marital conflict, sickness of one spouse (physical, emotional or social-- alcohol or substance abuse, chronic unemployment etc.) or projection onto the next generation (the child carries the symptoms). In my office I want the strongest family member, the one who has the leverage to make change. I see a lot of guys these days."
Her passions in addition to her nearly forty year marriage include golf, the garden and especially her dachshunds. She received her MSW from Louisiana State University and still pulls for her Tigers in athletics.
Ken Bailey LCSW, CSAC
Ken is a native of the Tidewater area and graduate of Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities.
As a Dept. of Defense employee for 19 yrs., he provided counseling services to personnel and family members of the U.S. Army and Navy in both the continental United States and various locations throughout Europe.
Ken has considerable training and experience in Substance Abuse treatment, individual, family therapy and providing counseling services to children.
One of Ken's specialties is Problem Solving or Solution Focused Counseling.
Anna Crane PhD
Dr. Crane is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in psychological assessment, educational difficulties, and behavioral disorders including ADHD. Dr. Crane has extensive experience working with military families, particularly families within Special Forces, and understands the unique challenges faced within military life. Dr. Crane engages in a solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. Dr. Crane received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Child Psychology from Ohio University.
Renee Dozoretz Strelitz, LCSW
Renee Dozoretz Strelitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has skills in the psychotherapy of adults, adolescents and children. She uses a solution focused approach, emphasizing strength building, creating solutions and developing healthy coping skills to resolve problems. She has particular skills in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and life's transitions.
Renee has specialized training in both Neurofeedback, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR). She has had much success using EMDR to help patients manage emotions to resolve anxiety, such as trauma, phobias and stress.
Renee has her Bachelor's in psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has a MS in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. After gaining experience in health care, she obtained her Masters of Social Work at Norfolk State University. She has continued to serve the mental health needs of the Tidewater community since 1996.
Renee has served as past president of Jewish Family Services of Tidewater and continues her service in volunteer work throughout the community.
Dr. Stacey Helps, DO
Dr. Stacey Helps is a Board Certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.
She received her undergraduate degree in Child Development from Furman
University and attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University
College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Helps completed her residency in
general psychiatry at the University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health
Alliance. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at
University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health Alliance, where she served as
Chief Fellow. *
*Dr. Helps understands the importance of teamwork amongst patients,
families, therapists, and schools. Dr. Helps believes that her
comprehensive team approach promotes optimal mental health in patients of
all ages. *
All new patients should contact our intake coordinator who schedules the initial evaluation with the most appropriate clinician for the patientís presenting problem. Of course, patients who are referred to and wish to see a specific clinician will be scheduled with that clinician at the first available opening FZPA is on all major insurance panels and we obtain any required authorizations from the insurance company for the patientís care. We make it a practice to provide written communication with every patientís primary care physician following the initial evaluation to apprise the PCP of the diagnosis and plan of care and communicate essential data when clinically appropriate.
Please do not hesitate to call our offices with any questions or concerns.